Scientific Criminal Investigation Training

Dennis Hilliard
Director, State Crime Laboratory

Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 101 – Criminal Investigation:
Scientific Evidence I – 4 credits

Theory and practice of crime scene investigation employing the modern techniques of crime scene preservation, crime scene search and the collection, preservation and transmission of physical evidence. Emphasis on photography, the development, lifting and classification of latent fingerprints and report writing.

Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 102 – Criminal Investigation:
Scientific Evidence II – 4 credits

Specialized techniques of crime scene investigation including firearms, arson, sexual assault and homicide. Examination of physical evidence such as firearms, bloodstains, glass and other trace evidence. Use of digital photography, computer software, alternate light sources, fluorescent powders and other chemical fingerprint techniques. Fingerprint comparisons. Court presentation.

These 13 week courses are offered to law enforcement officers in conjunction with the State Crime Laboratory and the Special Programs Division of the University of Rhode Island Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education.

The State Crime Laboratory provides forensic services to the Rhode Island law enforcement community and is located in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus. Instructors for this course consist of staff members from the State Crime Laboratory and the Department of Health Forensic Science Laboratory as well as active and retired law enforcement officers with experience as crime scene examiners.

Specialized workshops for advanced training in the area of scientific investigations are conducted upon request or on an as needed basis.

For more information please contact Dennis Hilliard, Director, State Crime Laboratory.